No charges yet in wreck that killed Officer Slay

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 6, 2013 

The 73-year-old driver of the truck that was involved in the wreck that killed Columbus police Cpl. Thomas Keith Slay, 53, does not face any charges at this time, Motor Patrol Lt. Tony Danford said Tuesday.

But that doesn't mean the Fortson, Ga., man won't.

Danford told the Ledger-Enquirer that it is still too early in the process to determine if there will be charges filed. He said to state anything else would be an error.

According to the report, the 73-year-old man was driving the Ford Ranger down Veterans Parkway on July 30 when Slay's F-150, with lights and sirens running, shifted into the center turn lane to pass the smaller truck. That's when the Ranger's driver also moved into the center lane.

Slay, who was driving, swerved — or attempted "an emergency maneuver" — to avoid the collision, but the Ranger still sideswiped Slay’s truck on the right rear side, sending it out of control to the road’s west side, where it jumped the curb and hit a utility pole on the driver’s side.

Slay died of his injuries at The Medical Center.

Russell County deputy Brad Evans, 26, was in the passenger seat of the F-150. He suffered a head injury but was released from the hospital later in the week.

The report does not list any injuries to Ranger's driver. His vehicle suffered "moderate" damage, while the report listed the F-150 sustained "extensive" damage.

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